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The Ward on World Aids Day

To mark World Aids Day on Friday 1 December, we are opening The Ward exhibition for a further opportunity to view it before it closes on Sunday. You can visit between 18:30 and 20:30. On the last day of the exhibition, the photographer Gideon Mendel will take one image of visitors, families, patients, volunteers and staff who were associated with the original ward at the former Middlesex Hospital.

Donate your coat and help wrap up London

Wrap Up London is back. For the seventh year running, they are collecting your old, unwanted coats and giving them to charities that support the homeless, refugees, children living in poverty and people fleeing domestic violence (to name a few). Between 12:00 and 14:00 on Friday 24 November, you can bring those coats along to the chapel for distribution to the great causes supported by Wrap Up London. Help us keep vulnerable people warm this winter by donating a coat this November! More information on Wrap Up London here:

Tour The Ward with Gideon Mendel

Join photographer Gideon Mendel for a walk through his exhibition, The Ward, at The Fitzrovia Chapel on Sunday 12 November at 14:30. In1993, Gideon Mendel spent a number of weeks photographing the Broderip and Charles Bell wards in London’s Middlesex Hospital as part of the ‘Positive Lives’ project. The Broderip was the first AIDS ward in London and was opened by Diana, Princess of Wales in 1987, this year marking the 30th anniversary of its opening. This was the era before antiretroviral medications had become available, a very distinct and tragic time. All of the patients on the wards, many of...
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Welcoming Defence Humanists for Armistice Day

For the second year running, we are looking forward to hosting the Remembrance event of the Defence Humanists. Craig Jordan, representing the Defence Humanists, said: ‘ ‘We will once again be holding the event at the gorgeous and unconsecrated Fitzrovia Chapel, a popular secular event space at 2 Pearson Square, London W1T 3BF. ‘From 15:00 to 16:00, the event will consist of readings from members of Defence Humanists, talks from Humanists UK’s Andrew Copson, and Defence Humanists’ patron Professor AC Grayling, alongside music from the London Humanist Choir. From 16:00 to 17:00, there will be a reception and opportunity for conversation and...
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Ingleby Gallery in residence during October Frieze Week

Ingleby Gallery in residence at the chapel present David Batchelor, Jonathan Owen, Kevin Harman and Peter Liversdge From Monday 2 – Thursday 5 October, during Frieze London 2017, Ingleby will present new works by David Batchelor, Kevin Harman, Peter Liversidge and Jonathan Owen in the exceptional, jewel-like interior of the Fitzrovia Chapel. For further information contact or telephone +44 (0)131 556 4441. We look forward to welcoming you. 2 October 2017 – 5 October 2017, 9:30 to 17:30, free

Introducing our #Lineage heritage programme

As the nights draw in, we’re hoping to spread a little light with our series of events we call ‘Lineage’. Each is different but they are all rooted in our strong sense of heritage within the Fitzrovia community. Whether it’s the unmistakable voice of Dylan Thomas at Christmas, the poetry of Rimbaud, the luminous images of Aids patients at the former Middlesex Hospital or discussions of counterculture, they all anchor us to our past and give us direction. Please look through our events and visit us this winter. We’ll be sending you details of each event shortly. These are our #Lineage...
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The Ward by Gideon Mendel

‘With The Ward, by photographer Gideon Mendel, the first exhibition in our #lineage series, we set our intentions: to display our heritage through beautiful, contemplative experiences that reflect Pearson’s exquisite chapel. ‘The exhibition is a hopeful reminder of how far we have come in our treatment of Aids, both medically and socially. Pictures that were challenging and provocative when taken have evolved into poignant portraits, warm and loving. He shows us the men, their families and carers and reminds us that not so long ago, they were persecuted and stigmatised. Our hope is that you will leave renewed, inspired.’ Chapel Artistic Director,...
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